Monday, December 31, 2012

Video: George Lucas and Kathleen Kennedy Part 5

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By: Dominic Jones & Chris Seekell

Ever since the earth-shattering announcement that Star Wars Episode VII was slated for a 2015 release, Lucasfilm has been releasing short video featuring George Lucas and Star Wars Episode VII producer and Lucasfilm co-chairman Kathleen Kennedy discussing the future of Star Wars.  Today, the fifth installment was released and features Kennedy and Lucas discussing transitioning Star Wars to the future.

Check it out below:


You can get caught up on the series here: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4


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Thursday, December 27, 2012

Star Wars Weekends 2013 Dates and Hosts Announced!

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By: Dominic Jones

The Disney Parks blog has announced the dates for the 2013 Star Wars Weekends events.  The events will take place every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday between from May 17 and June 9, 2013.  In addition, it was revealed that James Arnold Taylor (Obi-Wan Kenobi on Star Wars: The Clone Wars) would be returning as Event Host and that Ashley Eckstein (Ahsok Tano on Star Wars: The Clone Wars) would be returning as host of the Clone Wars-centric Behind the Force show.  No word yet on what what Celebrity guests will be in attendance.



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J.J. Abrams Turned Down Episode VII Director Job

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By: Dominic Jones

We still don't know who will be directing 2015's Star Wars Episode VII, but we do have a long list of people who aren't, including J.J. Abrams (Star Trek, Super 8).  Abrams spoke with The Hollywood Reporter, recently, and revealed that he had been approached by Lucasfilm President and Episode VII producer Kathleen Kennedy about directing the film and that he had turned it down.  Abrams explained that:

"There were the very early conversations and I quickly said that, because of my loyalty to Star Trek and also just being a fan, I wouldn’t even want to be involved in the next version of those things.  I declined any involvement very early on. I’d rather be in the audience not knowing what was coming, rather than being involved in the minutiae of making them."

So, what do you think?  Do you agree with Abrams logic?  Or would you have liked to have seen Episode VII directed by Abrams?  Let us know in the comments



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The SWU Podcast 64 | Boxing Day Special

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In this special episode of the SWU Podcast recorded on Boxing Day (some Canadian thing, ask Dominic), the gang sits down with long time SWU contributor Dave Bouressa, and talks about their Star Wars Christmases, the highlights of 2012, and what they are looking forward to in 2013. Plus listen for instructions on how to win some awesome Lego sets from us!

 

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Monday, December 24, 2012

On the twelfth day of Christmas, Hasbro gave to me...

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...twelve Lukes Skywalking.



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Sunday, December 23, 2012

On the eleventh day of Christmas, Hasbro gave to me...

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...eleven Types of Trooper.



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Saturday, December 22, 2012

Clone Wars Bloopers: The Onderon Arc

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By: Benjamin Hart

Here it is, finally, Clone Wars Bloopers for the entire Onderon Arc, and the very first edition of CWB on the Star Wars Underworld! 

A War On Two Fronts

First off, throughout the episode the Tanks that are guarding the gate into Iziz change position. Not horizontally, but vertically. First, in the scene where the Droid squad is dispatched to attack the Rebels, you can see in the establishing shot that the Tanks seem to sit on the ground instead of floating above it like they normally do.
But just a few seconds later they are floating.
And later when the Jedi & Rebels arrive the Tanks are back on the ground.
But when they get near the gate the Tanks are floating... again.


Random Note: Obi-Wan's Lying Again
When the Droids begin attacking the Rebel's camp, Anakin tells Obi-Wan, "I'll take the left flank if you take the right!" But Obi-Wan responds "No, Anakin. We can only protect them. We cannot fight this war for them."
But later, when the Tanks arrive, Obi-Wan tells Steela "We'll handle this!"
Wait... I thought you just said you couldn't fight?!

Front Runners

At first there appears to be only one squad of droids.
But just when the Rebels set off their Droid popper bomb another squad appears out of nowhere.
And later, once the Rebels dispatch the second squad of Droids and the Droidekas arrive, the street is littered with only a hand full of dead Droids. Not hear as many as the Rebels blasted.

Dooku's Hologram is not translucent here...
But it is in here.
I'll give them this one, it could just be the lighting.

First we start out with five B-1 Battle Droids guarding the entrance to the Power station.
Steela fires several shots and destroys three of them on screen.
When they begin marching and firing towards Steela, the three blasted Droids can be seen laying in a pile, but there is still at least four Droids standing.
Steela then destroys one of them. But later even more appear.


The Soft War

The AAT's gun barrel moves upward and to the right to fire at Steela and the Rebels on the roof...
But when Saw approaches the Tank the Barrel is still horizontal...
When he climbs onto the AAT the Barrel is now in it's original position

Towards the end of the episode, after King Rash says "Ready weapons", the Magna Guards assume an attack position to strike the laser-guillotine(Or whatever it's called).
But when Steela is lifted up to blast the Droids they are standing in their normal position.


Also, when Saw is first brought in to the square with the King and during their first escape attempt, his hands are cuffed in front.
After he is recaptured and taken back up onto the steps with Steela and the others, his hands are still cuffed in front, but only briefly.
In the next shot his arms are now behind him.
It changes back when General Tandin and his men arrive.

Next, during their finale escape, the overhead view shows only Tandin and his men backing away from the Droids.
But when the Camera moves amongst the crowd, Steela and the others are just then at the front of the crowd pushing their way through.

Tipping Points

There actually weren't any bloopers to speak of in this episode, but I do have...

Random Note: You Only Die Twice
The same character, or should I say, the same character model is killed twice in this episode. Once when the Gunships first attack...
And later when the Nest is attacked.

If you enjoyed this edition of Clone Wars Bloopers please share it with your friends. Special thanks to Ruari & Dan for spotting several of the mistakes featured here. If you have noticed bloopers yourself, or perhaps I made a mistake, please say so in the comments below, or via email: swunderworld@gmail.com | Subject line: "Bloopers".

Mini Review
These episodes were... meh. Visually and acting wise the Clone Wars is always top notch, but I didn't find myself invested in this story much at all. A War On Two Fronts was relativity boring, an episode focused almost entirely on military training definitely wasn't the best idea  TCW writers have given us. Fronts Runners seemed a bit too drawn out. Great action sequences but it did little to further the story. The Soft War was a step up from the last two episodes. The climax was especially pleasing. Tipping Points was the strongest of the four. The battle scenes were very well done and thrilling. Hondo's appearance was great, thus connecting Revival and the following Young Jedi Arc to this Arc. And a gut wrenching ending topped it off. Overall, I give this Arc an 4.9/10.

Until next time, MTFBWY! -B-



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On the tenth day of Christmas, Hasbro gave to me...

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...ten Lords-a-Sithing



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The SWU Podcast Star Wars Awakening & Split Horizons Roundtable

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In this SWU Podcast roundtable, author David Gremillion joins us to talk about his two novels, Star Wars Awakening and Star Wars Split Horizons with Ben, Justin, and Zac.

 

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Disney's Purchase of Lucasfilm is now Complete

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By: Dominic Jones

We've known about it for a while, but now it's official.  Disney announced today that their 4.05 billion dollar purchase of Lucasfilm is now complete.  Now that the deal is done, we can focus all our attention on 2015's Star Wars: Episode VII.

Check out the press release from Disney below:

BURBANK, Calif., December 21, 2012 – Continuing its strategy of delivering exceptional creative content to audiences around the world, Robert A. Iger, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS) announced today that Disney has completed its acquisition of Lucasfilm Ltd. LLC.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Lucasfilm to the Disney family,” said Iger. “Star Wars is one of the greatest family entertainment franchises of all time and this transaction combines that world class content with Disney’s unique and unparalleled creativity across multiple platforms, businesses, and markets, which we believe will generate growth as well as significant long-term value.”

Under the terms of the merger agreement, at closing Disney issued 37,076,679 shares and made a cash payment of $2,208,199,950. Based upon the closing price of Disney shares on December 21, 2012 at $50.00, the transaction has a total value of approximately $4.06 billion.

Lucasfilm’s assets include its massively popular Star Wars franchise, operating businesses in live action film production, consumer products, animation, visual effects, and audio post production, as well as a substantial portfolio of cutting-edge entertainment technologies. It operates under the names Lucasfilm Ltd. LLC, LucasArts, Industrial Light & Magic, and Skywalker Sound.



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Friday, December 21, 2012

Star Wars 1977-1996 | Alec Guinness

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Sir Alec Guinness as Obi-Wan Kenobi.
Besides his portrayal of Obi-Wan Kenobi, Guinness won acclaim for many roles on live theater, television, and film, including his Academy Award-winning role as Lt. Col. Nicholson in The Bridge on the River Kwai. He was honored with a knighthood in 1959, and an Academy Honorary Award in 1980. To date, he is the only Star Wars actor to get an Academy Award nomination for a role in any of the Star Wars movies.
A common misconception is that he hated Kenobi. In truth, he loved the character, but later disliked being identified solely with his role as the Jedi Master



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On the ninth day of Christmas, Hasbro gave to me...

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...nine Mandos flying.


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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Caption Contest Winners | 12/20/12

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By: Benjamin Hart

Yesterday we asked our Facebook fans to caption this picture and vote for their favorites! Here are the results:

1st Place | Submitted by: James Morrone



2nd Place

"Put Captain Solo's toys in the cargo hold" 
Submitted by: Dave Hughes


They're no good to me naughty.
Submitted by: Roberto Velez Jr.


If you're on the naughty list, all you get is a lump of carbonite.
Anthony Serena


The Sant'alor 
Submitted by: Vordis Korrupto Starkiller


3rd Place

Maybe trading slave ship for these reindeer wasn't my best move... 
Submitted by: Jaster Mereel


The Fett who stole Christmas.
Submitted by: Silas Lee


"....he's no good for my sled."
Submitted by:Michael P. McLain


Jingle fett
Submitted by: Flaire Bear Decoda


He's no good to me red.
Submitted by: Kyle Womble


Santa Fett
If your on his list your dead
Submitted by: Alex Yazie Duskfall


Making a list, checking it twice, gonna decide if your head's worth the price. Boba Fett is coming to town. He'll take you if you're sleeping, He'll take you if you're awake, He'll take you if you're in carbonite, So pay your debts for goodness sake.
Submitted by: Brett Marlar



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On the eighth day of Christmas, Hasbro gave to me...

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...eight Hans-a-Soloing


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